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  • This presentation can be used in traditional linear fashion or be run as an interactive slide show. By clicking on either the icons above or the Contents Headings, you can navigate to those specific segments of the presentation. Many of the slides have text boxes, arrows, or pointers that are timed to display automatically. Note that there is an icon with the word “Home” at the bottom of each slide in the main portion of the presentation. When you click on this icon, you will be returned to this menu slide.
  • One main point to emphasize on this slide is the fact that the same Passcode is used by all users in a specified school building. Also, emphasize that new users should only enter the Passcode on this log-in page—a common mistake that many new users make is to enter their Passcode and type in a preferred username and password. Once users have created accounts, they will not need to use the Passcode again. Each time they return to the site, they use the username and password they stipulated when they created their accounts.
  • The purpose of this slide is to illustrate the unitedstreaming account set-up screen. Four main points to emphasize when discussing the process of setting up accounts include: The “username” field is the most critical since the desired username for each new account must be unique to the entire unitedstreaming user database. If a new user is having trouble defining a unique username, he/she may want to try appending the desired username with a number or some other designation that may unique to the user’s school or district. It is not mandatory to enter information in all fields—only those with an asterisk are required fields. The click box in front of the phrase “I have read and agree to the Terms of Use” must be selected before a new account can be created. Clicking on the “Terms of Use” hyperlink will display a page with all terms and requirements. It is a good idea to recommend to new users that they select the option to receive the monthly newsletter. It is an e-mail update that includes information about new video titles, updated web site features, technology grants and conferences, and implementation strategies.
  • The main point to emphasize while working with this slide is the fact that the search tools work differently. Note: This is one of several points in the presentation that it would be effective to open up the live unitedstreaming web site and demonstrate the look and functionality of the search tools. By keeping both this PowerPoint window and the browser window open throughout the presentation, it will be easy to switch between views by using the application icons on the Taskbar (Windows) or the Dock (Macintosh).
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    • 1. A Guide to unitedstreaming Digital Resources Strategies for Training and Implementation Home
    • 2. Presentation Menu Overview and Key Features Passcodes, Search Tools, Content Management, & Teacher Tools Implementation Strategies Software Applications, Sample Lessons, & Copyright Issues Professional Development Interactive Training, Online Resources, Best Practices, & Trainer’s Toolkit Technical Issues Tech Tips, Access Options, Storage Devices, & Cross-platform Issues Home
    • 3. Log In Screen Home
    • 4. User Passcodes New users in each school building will need to know the unique 8-character Passcode that has been assigned to their school. When they enter the Passcode and click the “GO” button, they will be A1B2 C3D4 taken to an account set-up screen. Home
    • 5. Setting Up Accounts Central High School This is the form you will see when you have entered your school Passcode. The key field in this form is the “Username” field since your log-in name must be unique to the entire unitedstreaming subscriber base. Before you click the “Continue” button, be sure that you are familiar with the Terms of Use and click the box that signifies that you agree to the subscription terms. Home
    • 6. Home Page From the Home Page, you can search for digital media by keyword, subject, grade level, or curriculum standards Home
    • 7. Video Search Results The video search results page includes thumbnail views of the video and descriptions of the overall contents of the video. You can also view information about the target audience and copyright date and click links to view related content, curriculum standards, and a list of video segments. Home
    • 8. Full Video Description The “Full Video” tab also displays a description of the video with information about the length of the video and the number of segments available. Note the ability to generate a “printer friendly” page and an e-mail alert to colleagues. You can stream the full video by clicking on the “Play” button, save the video by clicking on the “Download” button, or add the file to your “My Content” libraries. Home
    • 9. Video Segment View The “Video Segments” tab displays the contents of the selected video divided into short segments that can be streamed or downloaded for use with presentations, classroom projects, and student activities. Use the “Play” and “Download” icons to stream or save video segments. Click the “Select to Add” boxes if you wish to include the segments in assignments, quizzes, or Playlists in your “My Content” materials. Home
    • 10. Citations Since all of the digital media on the unitedstreaming site is protected by copyright, it is important to include the proper citations for the videos, images, and articles you download from the site. The “Citations” tab displays the essential information in three accepted formats. Just copy the data from this page and paste it into your presentation and lesson files. Home
    • 11. Related Materials When you click the “Related Materials” tab, you will see links to a variety of resources including Teacher Guides, Blackline Masters, quiz files, and state curriculum standards. Home
    • 12. Media Settings The Media Settings controls are located directly under the viewer and give you the ability to enable the closed caption text display and select the media player you prefer to use as you watch full video file and segments. Home
    • 13. My Content My Content is a new and versatile space that you can use to organize personal Playlists, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts as well as share resources with colleagues. Home
    • 14. Digital Images When you search for “Images” and click on a selected thumbnail icon from the list of search results, you will see the image displayed in a special viewer. You can select the size of the image file you prefer by clicking on the links provided to download the image. Home
    • 15. Clip Art When you search for “Clip Art” and click on a selected thumbnail icon from the list of search results, you will see the image displayed in a special viewer. You can select the size of the image file you prefer by clicking on the links provided to download the image. Home
    • 16. Teacher Center The Teacher Center contains a variety of instructional resources and special tools that you can use to create online assignments and activities. Home
    • 17. Assignment Builder With the Assignment Builder, you can create online activities that feature videos, images, encyclopedia articles, and calendar events that you select from the unitedstreaming libraries. Students visit the Student Center to access these materials. Home
    • 18. Quiz Builder With the Quiz Builder, you can modify existing quizzes or create your own online assessments using digital resources from the unitedstreaming libraries. As with projects created with the Assignment Builder, students visit the Student Center to access these materials. Home
    • 19. Writing Prompt Builder The new Writing Prompt Builder provides a tool to let you create your own writing activities using digital images from the unitedstreaming library. You can use the completed prompts directly from the site or give students access through the Student Center. Home
    • 20. Calendar The Calendar tool is a great way to locate videos that are associated with important events in history, prominent people, and commemorative events and cultural celebrations. Home
    • 21. Lesson Plans Choose from over 200 full lesson plans created to accompany selected videos in the unitedstreaming library. The lessons can be downloaded, and most are available in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats. Home
    • 22. Thematic Focus Each week, a new Thematic Focus is posted on the site and each unit includes discussion guides, lesson plans, media links, student activities, and related materials. Here is a small sampling of the Social Studies themed units that you can download and use with your students. Home
    • 23. Implementation Strategies Implementation Strategies And Software Integration Home
    • 24. Software Applications You can use hyperlinking or embedding techniques to integrate unitedstreaming clips into projects made with many software applications. Home
    • 25. Downloaded Segments There are three common ways that Hyperlinking you can use downloaded video In software applications like Word, PowerPoint, segments: Inspiration, and many others, users can click on defined hyperlinks to view video segments with a Standalone files: Just double- specified media player. click on the file icons to open the preferred media player to play the segments. Embedded Video PowerPoint, AppleWorks, and Keynote are among Hyperlinks: Create hyperlinks in the software products that allow you to embed most standard applications to link video files right onto the pages and slides that you words and pictures to video have created: resources that you wish to add to your lessons. Embedded Video: Insert video segments directly into documents and slides and view the segments without using a media player. Home
    • 26. Implementation Models There is no single preferred or correct way to use unitedstreaming digital resources in the classroom or computer lab, and teachers are encouraged to explore all available technology resources to determine the best ways to implement these resources. Here are some common ways that teachers, Media Specialists, and technology coordinators use unitedstreaming materials:  Classroom presentations with LCD projectors  Televisions with scan converters  Computer labs  Mobile carts with laptop computers  Student “stations” and “centers”  Libraries and Media Centers  Interactive whiteboards Home
    • 27. Teaching Strategies Some Teaching Strategies to Consider Create lessons and projects in which During student presentations, mute students are always actively involved the sound and have students write in the viewing process and follow-up their own narrations for video activities. segments. Play segments with sound but without Even with short segments, stop to video display; encourage students to discuss specific frames in the video listen for details and unique sounds or use the still images for writing before they write. prompts. Be sure to pose questions or prepare Try creating individualized projects that thought-provoking “lesson starters” students can access on “learning before viewing to actively engage centers” in the classroom or computer students. labs. Home
    • 28. Copyright Issues Protecting unitedstreaming Content No video editing software is Students are allowed to keep projects permitted except for those titles that containing video segments in their have been designated as “Editable electronic portfolios if used for Content.” demonstration purposes. Teachers may keep video files and Protect the content, especially when projects on disks and servers as creating web pages, so that only long as the unitedstreaming subscribers are able to see the video subscription is current. files. Converting digital video to analog Use the dynamic citations provided with format such as VHS cassettes is not unitedstreaming digital media when you allowed—only digital devices may cite video resources and support be used. materials. Home
    • 29. Professional Development Professional Development And Training Materials Home
    • 30. Professional Development The Professional Development segment of the site is designed to connect users with essential training materials, interactive training modules, and a variety of professional development opportunities Home
    • 31. Live Online Sessions Web-based training sessions called “Webinars” allow users from across the country to participate in sessions covering topics such as digital storytelling, WebQuests, and many other areas of interest Home
    • 32. Teaching Tips Teaching Tips are short animated tutorials that will help you to learn how to effectively integrate unitedstreaming digital media in your presentations and classroom projects Home
    • 33. Best Practices The Best Practices video segments show how teachers use unitedstreaming digital media in the classroom to support differentiated instruction and to meet the needs of all students Home
    • 34. Trainer’s Toolkit The Trainer’s Toolkit section of the site is the place to find all of the essential documents and materials that you can share with colleagues during workshops and presentations Home
    • 35. Interactive Training The online Interactive Training modules are designed to provide self-paced instruction in using the unitedstreaming tools and resources—self-assessments are included in each module and you may print Certificates of Achievement at the completion of each unit Home
    • 36. Discovery Educator Network The Discovery Educator Network is a community of active unitedstreaming users who share their expertise with colleagues and participate in regional and national professional development events Home
    • 37. Project Demonstrations The lesson files and tutorials in the Project Demonstrations section of the site were created to help users as they explore ways to integrate digital media in a variety of software applications Home
    • 38. Tech Talk Technology Coordinators and Network Specialists will find documents and resources in the Tech Talk section that will help them as they support teachers who use unitedstreaming in their schools Home
    • 39. Courses for Credit Teachers who are interested in earning graduate level course credit can explore the online courses that are being offered by several universities in cooperation with Discovery Education Home
    • 40. Technical Issues Technical Issues And Support Strategies Home
    • 41. Tech Tips Technology Information to Know Each minute of downloaded video A building with a dedicated T-1 line will require about 1.8 Mb of storage could accommodate 6 users space on hard drives or other streaming video with no buffering storage media. assuming no other users. Home users with 56k modems can Windows Media Player (version 10) easily search and use support and Apple QuickTime Player materials; downloads are possible (version 6) are recommended for but will be slow. best results. Minimum screen resolution should You may need to install updated be set at 800 x 600; you will get “codecs” if the media player is not better results if you set screen properly playing the audio or video resolution at 1024 x 768. components. Home
    • 42. Access Options  Internet Access– the standard option in which all streamed and downloaded files come from unitedstreaming servers to user’s computers on demand.  Network Manager– the user interface is modified and a “download later” function is added to allow users to schedule downloads at off-peak hours, a valuable option for users who have concerns about bandwidth during school hours.  Local Hosting– the entire video library is housed locally on a dedicated video server to provide very rapid and efficient streaming and file saving capabilities. Home
    • 43. File Storage Since all unitedstreaming media has been licensed in digital format, users are only permitted to save downloaded video files, segments and images to digital storage media. The following are some of the common options for saving and transferring video segments and digital images:  Portable digital media  Laptop computers and iPods  External hard drives  Digital camera media cards  Workstation hard drives  Global shared folders and volumes on network servers  Multimedia Stations and classroom learning “centers”  Dedicated video file servers Home
    • 44. Download Strategies Downloading and File Storage Strategies Help to eliminate duplicate Limit file names to 8 characters or downloads by creating shared fewer and use file extensions to folders on the file servers for grade insure that projects will work on levels or subject areas. Macintosh and PC platforms. Use the administrative tools to Consider using the Network Manager restrict streaming and downloading or Local Host options when serving hours if bandwidth limitations are a large numbers of users on a shared concern. network. Make duplicate project folders when students work in computer labs to accommodate multiple “hits” on the same files. Home